JONESBORO, IL (KFVS) - The scarcity of quality waterfowl area has caused the Shawnee National Forest to designate a new waterfowl refuge area.
The new area is at the Oakwood Bottoms Greentree Reservoir. This popular place for hunting, fishing and nature viewing will be designated for waterfowl from October 31, 2015 through January 12, 2016.
This coincides with the beginning with the 2015 waterfowl season to provide resting and feeding areas for tens of thousands of waterfowl.
The designated waterfowl refuge will be closed from 14 days prior to waterfowl hunting season to the end of waterfowl hunting season in the southern central zone. It will be a trial period of 3 to 5 years, with the possibility of becoming more permanent. No walking access or hunting will be permitted in the designated waterfowl refuge.
The waterfowl refuge closure is supposed to help increase the number of resident and migratory waterfowl using Oakwood Bottoms. It would then increase the recreational qualities of the area for nature viewing and hunting activities in the Oakwood Bottoms area. The designated area will have signs up marking the boundaries, to allow waterfowl species to go undisturbed and find refuge.
Those found in violation within the waterfowl refuge area between Oct. 31, 2015 and Jan. 12, 2016 will be ticketed.
For more information contact Chad Deaton, wildlife biologist with the Shawnee National Forest at (618) 833-8576 or go to the Shawnee National Forest website www.fs.esda.gov/shawnee and click on Oakwood Bottoms Hunting Information and maps link.